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Redmond Plays Private Cloud Catch-Up

Azure is getting pretty good early reviews. The only problem is that the tools and platform require the application to be hosted in a service provider's datacenter, not your own. Meanwhile, competitors like VMware, HP and others are more than happy to let you build private clouds.

Early next year, Microsoft will begin beta testing Azure services that can blend private and service providers' clouds, letting your internal app -- say, a database -- access and update the larger cloud database. Unfortunately, the ability to build a purely private Azure may take a bit longer.

Meanwhile Redmond just bought Opalis, whose automation software can help control clouds.

Posted by Doug Barney on December 18, 2009 at 11:53 AM


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